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BA Art and Psychology
BA Art and Psychology

BA Art and Psychology

  • ID:UoR440058
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (GBP)

  • TuitionFee/Year:£24,500.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£10,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£300.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:£24,500.00
  • LivingFee/Year:£10,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:£300.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5

Course Information

With this BA Art and Psychology develop your practical skills and explore new and emerging art forms. Be stimulated by our internationally excellent staff, take part in wide variety of exhibitions and gain your first qualification towards training as a professional psychologist. 

Explore how art and psychology feed into one another and discuss the therapeutic properties of creating art on this well-established course.

Join a lively community and explore a vast range of media, experiment with emerging art forms, and develop as an artist. Modules in Contemporary Art Theory and the History of Art will complement your practical study. You will receive a dedicated studio space, accessible 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, and a studio tutor to help develop your individual and professional practice. The studios are a busy place with events, screenings, performances and exhibitions happening regularly.

Trips to museums and art galleries help prompt thoughts on how art is displayed and received. You will gain professional experience by taking part in your own exhibitions, public art commissions and events. Our teaching staff are all artists, curators and researchers of international standing and strongly encourage regular exhibitions and open debate.

The psychology element of this course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and enables you to move on to further training as a professional psychologist. Your first year will introduce you to the concepts required for BPS qualification, including cognition, neuroscience, development, personality and social psychology.

Throughout the course you will gain practical experience, and learn how to devise and run your own experiments. You will develop your knowledge by exploring areas of interest in greater depth. Modules are regularly revised and recent additions include autistic spectrum conditions, behavioural economics, nutritional psychology, and cognitive behavioural theory and therapy.

In your final year you will concentrate on your psychology dissertation and art degree show.

Both departments actively encourage placements and there is also the chance to experience life in another country. Throughout your degree you will receive advice and guidance in career development.

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Year 1

Core modules include:

  • Art studio

  • Reading objects, writing images

  • Cognition and learning

  • Developmental psychology

  • Biopsychology

  • Social psychology and individual differences

  • Psychological research

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Core modules include:

  • Art studio, including career management skills

  • Cognition and neuroscience

  • Developmental and social psychology

  • Research methods and data analysis

Optional modules include:

  • Critical collaborative methods

  • Visual thinking and material writing

  • International study visit

Please note that all modules are subject to change

Year 3

Core modules include:

  • Art studio

  • Contemporary and historical issues

Optional modules include:

  • Image action text

  • Affect, aesthetics and the event

  • Utopias and other worlds

  • Landscape and memory

  • Independent study

  • Values, employment and context

  • Active vision

  • Attachment and offending behaviour

  • Autism Spectrum conditions

  • Behavioural economics

  • Brain mechanisms of learning and decision-making

  • Cognitive neuropsychology of ageing

  • Cognitive neuroscience of attention and working memory

  • Cognitive and affective neuroscience

  • Cognitive and behavioural theory to therapy

  • Controversies in cognitive neuroscience

  • Developmental neuroscience

  • Early lexical development

  • Human motivation

  • Nutritional psychology

  • Public engagement

  • Reward dysfunction in clinical disorders

  • Social cognition

Please note that all modules are subject to change​​​​​

Year 4

Core modules include:

  • Art studio

  • Psychology project

Please note that all modules are subject to change

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

97% of leavers are in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19; First Degree responders from Art). Many of our graduates develop successful careers as artists, writers and curators. These include a number of famous alumni, such as Turner Prize-nominated artists, and PhD students who are award-winning artists and curators at influential museums.

Others have found employment in galleries, education, art therapy, and film and video production. Recent employers include Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, Christies, Microsoft, the BBC, Victoria & Albert Museum, and Manolo Blahnik.

Alternatively you can choose to further develop your skills by moving into research, teacher training or postgraduate studies.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Health Insurance_fee:£300/year

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